Low carbon innovation in China: from overlooked opportunities and challenges to transitions in power relations and practices

Tyfield, David, Ely, Adrian and Geall, Sam (2015) Low carbon innovation in China: from overlooked opportunities and challenges to transitions in power relations and practices. Sustainable Development, 23 (4). pp. 206-216. ISSN 0968-0802

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Abstract

This paper explores environmental innovation in the largest emerging economy – China - and its potential for contributing to global transitions to low-carbon, more sustainable patterns of development. It builds on earlier studies bringing alternative forms of low(er)-technology, ‘below-the-radar’, ‘disruptive’ and/or social innovation into its analysis. In addition, however, the paper develops our understanding of low-carbon innovation by paying particular attention to issues of changing power relations and social practices; theoretical issues that need attention in the literature generally but are notably absent when studying transitions in China. This shift in perspective allows four neglected questions to be introduced and, in each case, points to both opportunities and challenges to low-carbon system transition that are overlooked by an orthodox focus on technological innovations alone. These are briefly illustrated by drawing on examples from three key domains of low-carbon innovation: solar-generated energy; electric urban mobility; and food and agriculture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: transition, innovation, low-carbon, China, power relations, practice
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z > HC0079.T4 Technological innovations. Technology transfer
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0426 China
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ1499 East Asia Including China, Japan, Korea
Depositing User: Sam Geall
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 06:50
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2017 04:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55417

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Low Carbon Innovation in China - Prospects, Politics and PracticeG1217ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/K006002/1